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VA Town Hall panel (L to R): Terri Clinton, Michael Kilmer, Michael Rohrbach, Roderick Thomas and Hugo Gutierrez-Castenada

New VA Clinic to be built in Castle Rock

VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS) hosted a town hall at the Castle Pines Library Jan. 30 to discuss plans for the new Castle Rock VA Clinic and the expansions of the PACT Act and COMPACT Act.
Douglas County Commissioner Lora Thomas filed a complaint with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office over political mailers attacking her on a number of topics and promoting a replacement. The complaint was dismissed on Jan. 31.

Complaint against postcards targeting Lora Thomas dismissed

An alleged campaign finance complaint filed by Douglas County Commissioner Lora Thomas for political postcards claiming she was wasting taxpayer time and money has been dismissed by the Colorado …
Riley Jenkins with Parker Mayor Jeff Toborg at Black Belt celebration.

Parker student receives Black Belt at Code Ninja

Family and friends gathered to celebrate 14-year-old Riley Jenkins on being the first to earn a Black Belt at Code Ninjas in Parker and is one of 57 kids around the world to achieve this accomplishment.
Highlands Ranch Metro District facilities employees and award recipients Tim Doan and Steve Albert pose with Construction & Facilities Maintenance Manager Ken Standen after being honored on Jan. 31 for rescuing a woman who fell into a frozen pond.

Highlands Ranch staff rescue woman from frozen pond

When a woman chasing her dog out onto a frozen pond in Redstone Park fell through the ice into the frigid water on Jan. 10, two Highlands Ranch Metro District park staff leapt into action to rescue …

Books and socks at the Strive to Thrive event

First Strive to Thrive event of the year

With more than 20 agencies and organizations coming together to offer a resource fair to county residents, the Douglas County Community of Care Network held the first Strive to Thrive event of the year.
Education
Douglas County School Board members David Ray, left, and Mike Peterson paint cars on Sept. 24 to show support for the district's bond and mill levy override. Since the funding questions failed this year, the school board indicated at its winter retreat that they would return to voters in 2023.

Douglas County School District anticipates funding questions on 2023 ballot

Though voters turned down two funding measures for the Douglas County School District in November, it seems likely the district will return to the ballot in 2023 in an effort to increase staff …
Welchester Elementary School PTA member Oatis Green and Principal Bethany Robinson announce the school's fundraiser winners during a Dec. 2 assembly. Staff also announced to the students the school's recent Bright Spot Award on Dec. 2.

Welchester Elementary School receives statewide award for improvement

Welchester Elementary School has received Gov. Jared Polis' Bright Spot Award for improvement in student achievement since 2019.
Students outside at Dr. Justina Ford Elementary School.

Littleton district to keep current elementary boundaries

Dr. Justina Ford Elementary School in the Littleton district was built to serve a maximum capacity of 650 students, according to a presentation by the Long-Range Planning Committee (LRPC) at an Oct. 27 school board meeting. In its second year of operation, there are currently 707 students enrolled at Ford.
Clear Creek's Bode Baker throws a pitch during a June 2021 game at Denver Christian. Baker, who's been playing baseball since he was 3 or 4 years old, is graduating high school this year and hopes to play baseball at the collegiate level.

High school seniors reflect on life lessons from athletic careers

For high school seniors a few months from graduation, athletics have helped them prepare for the ups and downs, and the responsibilities of adult life.

Elizabeth High School.

Elizabeth Education Foundation announces 2022 grant recipients

The Elizabeth Education Foundation recently announced its 2022 grant recipients. This year, 26 teachers across the district’s five schools received a total of more than $9,000 in grants that go …
Business

Handyman Connection Expands Colorado Footprint

Handyman Connection, a home improvement franchise for handyman services, is coming to Brighton and to Parker.   The Brighton franchise owners are Shane and Cynthia Cowan. Mike German holds …
A rendering shows the plan for Castle Rock Adventist Hospital's newest medical office building, which will house a surgery center with operating and procedure rooms, an orthopedic center with physical therapy and chemotherapy and radiation services for oncology patients.

Castle Rock Adventist Hospital looks to treat cancer patients

Castle Rock Adventist Hospital could begin offering cancer and other treatment services as early as 2025 as part of a 70,000-square-foot hospital expansion...
A sign marks a home for sale on Dec. 5 in southeast Denver.

Small price drop unlikely to reverse skyrocketing home values in Colorado

Danielle and Stephan Storinsky “saw the writing on the wall.” It foretold how the housing market might change. So, earlier this year, the married couple sold their Arvada townhome.
California-based salad chain sweetgreen opens in Highlands Ranch's Village Center West on Dec. 2.

Sweetgreen opens fourth Colorado location in Highlands Ranch

The popular fast-casual and veggie-focused chain sweetgreen is celebrating the opening of its first Douglas County location in Highlands Ranch on Dec. 2 by partnering with a local nonprofit that …

The members of the Elizabeth Board of Trustees prepare for the Nov. 15 meeting.

Elizabeth trustees OK rezoning for growth

The Elizabeth Board of Trustees recently approved a rezoning of agricultural land to planned unit development (PUD) in the west end of the town to accommodate residential, regional commercial, mixed-use commercial, public, and semi-public land uses.
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